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Lesley O’Donnell: Voice
Lesley O'Donnell is a graduate of the Rome School of Music at Catholic University in Washington DC and has studied at NYU and TVI Actor's studio where she honed her craft under the guidance of broadway directors and musicians. Lesley's studies allowed her the opportunity to sing across the country on stages such as The Kennedy Center, Surflight Theatre and in the National Touring Companies of Camelot, School House Rock Live and If You Give A Pig A Pancake to name a few. Her musical experience is not limited only to the Broadway style. Lesley is trained classically and in modern pop styles as well. She brings her experience to the lesson room to aid students with audition preparation, sight singing, repertoire building and vocal exploration. Lesley's main goal as a vocal coach is to nurture a love of music in her students while giving them the tools they need to become confident and healthy singers!
Stephen Struss: Drums/Studio
Stephen Struss is a drummer, percussionist and music producer from the Capital District of New York. An orchestrally-trained musician since middle school, Steve holds a bachelors degree in the Music Business with a concentration on Performance and Production from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. With experience and a love for genrés ranging from rock and pop to hip-hop, funk and jazz, his already extensive performance career has taken him coast to coast playing with artists on some of the biggest stages; from SXSW, The Vans Warped Tour, Rockstar Energy Tour, CMJ Music Fest and many more. As an educator since 2008, Steve continues to help guide drummers, new and old, through their own musical path by focusing on musicianship, proper technique, introducing new and diverse music styles and of course, having fun!
Jennifer Kim: Piano
Jennifer Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea, where she began playing the piano at the age of five. After attending a music school in Vladivostok, Russia for one year, she moved to Long Island, New York with her family. Jennifer continued her classical training in piano with Lisa Kim, a former Juilliard graduate and faculty at the Stony Brook Prep School. Later, she would study under Seunghee Pae, professor at the Manhattan School of Music. In 2010, she was accepted at Skidmore College as one of five Filene Music Scholars and began studying with Dr. Pola Baytelman. During her time at Skidmore, she was greatly inspired by her professors and decided to utilize her passion for music to educate and inspire others as well. Jennifer has been performing in numerous solo, chamber music and orchestral concerts throughout her musical career at various venues including churches, Carnegie Hall and City Hall of Vienna in Austria. She is always excited to bring every student the joy of learning music in the genre that is most comfortable for them. From beginners to advanced students, Jennifer wants to make the learning experience fun at Modern Day Music, all the while improving the student in his/her skills!
Katie Kreidler: Voice
Katie Kreidler is a graduate of The Greatbatch School of Music at Houghton College. She began singing at the age of seven, and has discovered her calling as a performer, singer-songwriter, musician and voice coach. Katie received classical vocal training as a soprano as well as professional coachings in musical theater. She made her debut with the Houghton Lyric Theater, starring as Christine Daae in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera and has performed on stages such as The Tri-Cities Opera, and as a featured artist in concert at the Terra Cotta. Katie brings versatility and excitement in her approach to voice, offering styles from jazz to musical theater, and from classical opera to pop YouTube covers. As a self-taught guitarist and pianist, she encourages her students to follow their hearts - whether that means jamming out with friends for fun or becoming a professional musician. Katie loves sharing her passion for music with her students and seeks to provide them with knowledge and vocal technique that will allow them discover their fullest potential as a vocalist!
Tony Garza: Guitar/Bass/Ukulele
Tony Garza has been playing and writing music for most of his life starting at age 8 with the trumpet. At age 13 he got the rock and roll bug, picked up the guitar and has never looked back. Tony attended SUNY Fredonia to study Music Education where he mastered Music Theory, Aural Skills. and many different instruments. Throughout his journey he has studied various styles of music including Rock, Blues, and Jazz. Tony has performed throughout the Northeast from Rhode Island to Vermont and also produced his Hip Hop influenced group T-KA 6. Coming from a very diverse background he has a unique perspective on music and applies that in his teaching. His youthful approach makes lessons both fun and educational. Tony enjoys working with the wonderful staff at MDM and aims to help his students achieve their goals with a smile from ear to ear.
Katie Dill: Piano
Katie Dill is a pianist, organist, guitarist, and singer/songwriter. She began studying piano at age 10 and was blown away by how quickly she fell in love and advanced in her skills. Under the direction of Kay Kang, she entered multiple piano competitions and won a multi-instrumentalist competition at the New York Summer Music Festival. She went on to play with the Empire State Youth Orchestra for two years performing at halls including Carnegie Hall, Troy Music Hall, Proctors, and The Palace Theater. Katie then auditioned to study under Gioacchino Longobardi, and as one of only two accepted students, learned a different set of piano techniques originating in Naples, Italy where Gioacchino had trained. Having also received a Certificate in Liturgical Music from The College of St. Rose, she is currently an Associate Liturgical Musician and Choir Director at St. Mary’s Crescent. Katie enjoys many genres aside from classical, including pop, R&B, soul, and classic rock. Her favorites include Billy Joel, Elton John, and Sara Bareilles. Katie spends her weekends showcasing her original songs and entertaining crowds around the Capital District. Her talents led her to performing in major cities including Nashville, Washington D.C., and NYC. Well-versed in many genres, Katie can cater to any direction a student desires, whether it be to perform classical, accompany other musicians, or play classic rock and pop tunes for fun!
Gabe Stallman: Guitar/Bass/Ukulele
Gabe Stallman is a musician to the core, having been drawn to instruments (guitar, bass, keyboards, voice) as far back as he can remember. As a formally trained graduate of the SCCC School of Music, Gabe approaches teaching like a musician, believing that the most important part of playing is identifying, developing and enhancing a love of the music. Gabe has been playing out professionally since the age of 16 having toured the northeast playing original music with his acclaimed band, Ampevene. You can hear his music on popular local radio stations like WEQX and WRPI. Gabe believes that the educational experience should be as exciting as the music itself. In lessons, Gabe works with students to identify the music they love from all genres, to understand the theory that explains why they love it, and to help them develop the auditory and technical skills to play and create the sounds that drive their passion. Gabe is excited to be teaching with the family at Modern Day Music, and seeks to give his students the best education they can get.
Paul Guay: Drums
Paul Guay began practicing classical percussion early in his life, showing a clear aptitude and interest in music and drumming. He participated and excelled at solo festivals through high school and landed a spot in the All State Band. Whilst studying classical music in school, he performed on drum set in both the Adult and Student bands at his church. Paul began to meet other young musicians and form original bands through the thriving punk rock scene that would emerge after hours, using his church and other area churches as venues. He continued to study classical percussion and earned his degree at SUNY Adirondack while also exploring his interest in jazz rudimental studies under Ted Mackenzie. Paul has toured nationwide in a jazz/rock band continuing to follow his passion of creating and performing original music. He is a well rounded drummer who never forgets the creative and spiritual side of music by treating each one of his students as an individual and working hard to help them achieve their goals as a musician, artist and human being. If it isn't fun, it isn't worth it!
Private music lessons and recording studio in Clifton Park, New York. Private coaching lessons for guitar, bass, drums, piano, voice, voiceover. Modern Day Music (MDM) will give you the opportunity to learn privately or in groups and play with others on a regular basis. Come and visit us today at http://www.moderndaymusicschool.com
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Paul Benedetti: Owner
Paul Benedetti began his career in the music industry more than 30 years ago. Starting out on saxophone, moving to guitar in high school while singing, then a little piano in college, he finally realized his true calling was as a lead vocalist. He studied classical voice with various teachers for many years throughout high school, college and beyond and then began to teach others in the Rock/Pop field using an applied method just like what Modern Day Music does today. Paul played in the local rock band Blitzen in the 80's and early 90's, often opening up shows for various 80's national bands, and even the 70's Classic Rock group Foghat. During that time he also honed his skills as a producer/engineer in the studio, as well as doing live sound engineering for hundreds of bands. Paul has since been very fortunate to work with some incredible artists. He recorded and mixed projects from a demo for the 70's Southern Rock group, the Outlaws, to numerous full length CDs for Hardcore favorites One King Down and Stigmata, all the way to engineering the full length CD, On My Way To You, for the Legendary Tony and Emmy Award Winning Star Leslie Uggams. Paul has also engineered cast albums for the Tony Nominated Broadway Musical, Anna Karenina and the Off Broadway Musical, Thunder Knocking On The Door with Leslie Uggams and music by Grammy Award winning artist Keb' Mo'. In addition to working with hundreds of musicians, Paul has also done editing, mixing, and mastering for independent films including the full length feature film, The Last Round, featuring X-Files star William B. Davis. Paul opened Max Trax Recording Studios located in Albany, NY, in June of 1994. The studio soon became one of the areas premier music studios, and he has since engineered and mixed projects for hundreds of up-and-coming musicians, voiceover recordings, and numerous TV and Radio commercials. Paul is a respected veteran of the music industry and is known for getting the best sound out of the people he produces, records, and mixes. His experience and talent are essential to the quality of our operations and to the support of our studio, Modern Day Studios. Paul's main objective for Modern Day Music, as it is with all ventures he is involved with, is to provide unparalleled value, education, and ongoing support.
Marilu Benedetti: Financial Administrator
Marilu Benedetti handles the financial related tasks for MDM. Marilu is the wife of Owner, Paul Benedetti, and has many years experience running a multi-million dollar company. Retired from her full time management position to raise her children, she then came to Voices For All to oversee and assist with all things behind the scenes. Now she does the same for MDM. Marilu is fastidious in all that she does, and is very conscientious of not only our team members and the company as a whole, but also of each and every vendor we work with. Everyone is very appreciative of Marilu's attention to detail and her quest to do things in the most ethical way. It is so great to have her as a part of the MDM family.